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How do I select the right brush size?
In general, use the largest size brush that can comfortably be used to get the job done. Here are some guidelines:
- For painting into corners that can't be reached with a roller, a 8cm brush works well.
- For window frames, trim, and other narrow surfaces, use a brush that's slightly narrower than the trim surfaces being painted.
- For detail work or painting into hard-to-reach areas, use an angled sash brush (these are available in widths of 2cm to 9cm; go with a size that's slightly narrower than the surface being painted).
A good quality brush holds more paint, makes paint application smoother and reduces paint spattering. A quick way to check this is to feel the pack of filament. It should feel full and slightly resilient. Although cheaper brushes will not last as long as premium grade brushes they are quite suitable for the occasional job where finish, quality and brush life are not critical.
How do I select the right roller cover?
To pick a quality roller cover, look for the following features:
- A plastic or phenolic core instead of cardboard, so it will hold up better, especially under repeated use.
- No visible seams. This will minimize streaking on the painted surface.
- A resilient nap that retains its shape, even after being squeezed.
To select the right nap material, follow these guidelines:
- Natural lambskin is best for flat paints.
- Woven fabric is good for higher sheen paints (because it doesn't shed fibers).
- Mohair is good for higher sheen paints, varnishes, and shellacs.
- Knitted fabric is less expensive, but more likely to shed fibers. This type of cover should only be used with flat paints.
When selecting the right nap thickness, remember that the smoother the surface is, the shorter the roller nap should be. Using a longer nap cover on a smooth surface can lead to a rough paint finish and poor hiding. Using a shorter nap cover on a rough surface can make it tougher to get complete surface coverage. Here are some general guidelines:
- For smooth surfaces and enamel paints, go with a mohair or 60mm nap.
- For fairly smooth or medium textured surfaces, use a 95mm to 200mm nap.
- For rough textured surfaces like stucco and cinder block, use a 200mm to 380mm nap.